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Smelly Dishwasher

How in the world can I get my dishwasher not so smelly anymore? It smells like rotten food each time we open the door. There's no trap for food that I can see, and I've already run a bit of bleach through it.

Suggestions??

THANKS!!

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christaberk

Asked by christaberk at 8:41 PM on Apr. 5, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Does your manual say anything about cleaning your dishwasher? I was thinking maybe vinegar, then just a regular cycle afterwards--sort of like cleaning the coffee pot.
    RugersMommy06

    Answer by RugersMommy06 at 8:47 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • If you can't see a food trap, you probably have a DW that has a hard food disposer in the bottom which grinds up any goobers left on your dishes like a garbage disposal. A few things could've happened. A piece of glass could've broken off at some point and jammed up the disposer, a kid's toy could've gotten stuck in there (I had a repair man tell me he found a stuffed Nemo in someone's disposer before), or it could've just went kaput on you. I used to sell appliances so I've just about heard it all.
    Heather2001

    Answer by Heather2001 at 8:51 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Hey, heather! glad to see you here! Question-- can I get the grinder thing out to clean it?
    christaberk

    Answer by christaberk at 8:55 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • I would run straight white vinegar through it a couple times.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 10:35 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • If you have a garbage disposal also in the same line, you may have food trapped in between the two appliances. Run a couple lemons through the disposal and then check the seal around the dishwasher door for gunk and slimey stuff.Especially on the bottom of the door.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:42 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

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